Oh my god, is that horse alive?!?!?!NOT OKAY!Where the heck did you come across this???
I doubt the horse is alive. I've seen exhibits like this before. ... I just have to wonder what the -point- of the instillation is? A lifelong artist and failed out art student just has to wonder "Why?"
I am also willing to bet that the horse is not real.It's a hell of a lot better than that exhibit a few years ago(somewhere is South America, I think) of a starving dog tied up and...oh, I forget what it was, but something was spelled out using dog food, out of the dog's reach. It caused quite an uproar.
I hope its not real becuase besides the abuse issues here I wouldn't stand under the hind end then...ps. So if he is dead how are they getting his ears to stay pinned back? I hope its all fake =(
The horse is stuffed =)http://www.smh.com.au/news/biennale/confronting-but-some-take-dead-horse-in-their-stride/2008/06/18/1213770816983.htmlor http://projects.ajc.com/gallery/view/atlanta-holiday-guide/year-review/year-end-features-2008/6.html
phew, thanks FlynSolow. ugh, what a way to start my friday morning!
It looks like the kind of sling they may have used in the past to load horses onto a ship or suspend an injured animal at a vet clinic or something. What's the message? It looks more like a museum piece for a historical exhibit than a typical art gallery piece.
I saw info on this exhibit a year ago.I got this from a website"According to the Biennale's official guidebook, the dead horse "expresses a sense of blocked energy. A saddled horse is a means of transportation and mobility; here it is rendered immobile. [Cattelan's] work is a eulogy for the end of the great revolutionary impulses that characterised the 20th century." you'll notice too that the horses legs are elongated. I took many art classes and still don't get art!The horse was given to him after it had died of natural causes, i beleive, I read some where. Maurizio Cattlean has a few other art peices that use dead animals and a couple with horses.
Hmm, "blocked energy"? I guess I am a dead horse then when I get a creative block here at work! ;PSo then my boss would be beating a "dead horse" trying to get me to hit a deadline!
I figured it was fake, and or stuffed, but regardless it is horrible. I don't care if it's fake or not. What kind of art is this? Frizzle, I saw that one about the dog too. What the heck!
Hate to be callous, but the crap that passes for "art" these days is the reason artists are starving. I don't really care what they're trying to express; just make something wroth looking at, which this certainly is not.
SB, While I agree that some art is quite puzzling, one of the points of art is to do something new that has never been seen before. That's why we have Impressionism and Cubism and Dadaism. I admit that at first I thought Dadaism was a load of crap, but then I had to study it in school (art history minor) and finally learned to appreciate it and see its relevence.*OK, stepping off my soapbox now*Oh, and I still think that starving dog exhibit was NOT art but cruelty, of course!
" May 1961, Manzoni collected his own feces in 90 numbered cans, which contain 30 grams of feces each. He labelled them as '100% pure artist's shit' in Italian, English, French, and German, and sold them for the price of their weight in gold. Their current estimated value stands at approximately EUR30,500 (US$25,000–35,000). On May 23 2007, an exemplar has been sold for EUR124,000 at Sotheby's. "http://www.artandpopularculture.com/Artist's_ShitI am currently taking an art history class and this came up in conversation one day about "What is art to us students?" For the record I do not think cans of human shit is art...
If that's the case I wonder if I can start canning this weekend!! :)
I like it, I like the way it's legs hang down.Pretty shiny.
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